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Film Independent Awards $10,000 Grant to Roberto Gudiño

Film Independent Awards $10,000 Grant to Roberto Gudiño

Film Independent has announced that L.A. based documentary filmmaker Roberto Gudiño will be awarded the first ever LG Cinema 3D Fellowship in Project:Involve, which provides a $10,000 production grant.

Full press release follows:


LOS ANGELES (April 14, 2011) – Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced Roberto Gudiño as the inaugural recipient of the LG Cinema 3D Fellowship in Project:Involve. The Fellowship recognizes an outstanding filmmaker participating in Film Independent’s signature diversity program, Project:Involve, and provides the winning filmmaker with a $10,000 production grant, provided by LG Electronics. He is currently in completing his film Above the Fold, a one-hour documentary about a group of young Latino journalists who responded to negative portrayals of Latinos in the Los Angeles Times by writing their own stories. They were vindicated in 1984 when they became the first Latino group to win the Pulitzer Prize.

Roberto is a Los Angeles based documentarian and has won numerous awards. His documentary, Just Coffee, about a coffee cooperative that helps alleviate illegal immigration was awarded the UA Centennial Achievement Award, and has gone on to screening numerous national and international festivals. Below the Fold garnered him an Imagen Award nomination and the prestigious Directors Guild of America Jury Prize. Roberto was selected by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to shoot Burning the Midnight Oil, a documentary commissioned as part of their ongoing “Storyteller Initiative.” He is currently developing, directing and co-producing Above the Fold for television and is currently participating in Film Independent’s first Documentary Lab.

With LG’s support, Film Independent will also dedicate a portion of funds to training this year’s Project:Involve filmmakers in 3D technology.

“Thanks to the enormous generosity of LG Electronics, we are able to expand our grants program and offer direct financial support to our Fellows,” said Film Independent’s Director of Talent Development, Josh Welsh. “We are so happy to be able to give this production grant to Roberto, a talented filmmaker we currently working with in Project:Involve, as well as our Documentary Lab.”

Project:Involve’s 8th Annual Short Film Showcase will be held at the REDCAT (Roy & Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) at 8:00 PM tonight, and the event is free and open to the public. The Showcase features a compilation of short films written, directed, and/or produced by filmmakers participating in Project:Involve and its graduates.

Film Independent’s Project:Involve is dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry. Each year, filmmakers from culturally diverse backgrounds are selected through a competitive process and receive one-on-one film industry mentors, access to production-based master workshops taught by top film professionals, career development training, and industry networking opportunities. The program runs annually from October through June, and is free to accepted filmmakers. Upon completion, participants become Film Independent Fellows, receiving year-round support including access to Film Independent’s annual film education offerings, on-staff Filmmaker Advisor, and the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Past Film Independent Fellows from Project:Involve include producer Effie T. Brown (Rocket Science), Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Step Up 2: The Streets), Cherien Dabis (Amreeka), Eric Nazarian (The Blue Hour), Nick Oceano (Pedro), Jennifer Phang (Half-Life), and Tze Chun (Children of Invention). Previous mentors include Gregg Araki (Smiley Face, Mysterious Skin), Nicole Holofcener (Friends with Money, Lovely and Amazing), Spike Jonze (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich), Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me, Eve’s Bayou), Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Memento), Alexander Payne (Sideways, Election), John Singleton (Four Brothers, Boyz n the Hood), and Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, American Gun).

Film Independent’s Project:Involve is supported by The Academy Foundation of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, HBO, Sony Pictures, and Time Warner.

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